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Following his critically-acclaimed Elgar Cello Concerto recording with Alisa Weilerstein, Barenboim turns to the symphonies.
Barenboim first recorded the Elgar symphonies for CBS in the early 1970s with the LPO. He now returns with a re-kindled love of Elgar, following performances of The Dream of Gerontius as well as the Cello Concerto with Alisa Weilerstein in 2012 and with a new insight into these works borne of 40 years experience.
The Second Symphony is released first, in a 2013 recording with the Staatskapelle Berlin. The First Symphony will follow in 2015.
Barenboim is a passionate Elgarian: as a young man he worked regularly with Sir John Barbirolli, one of the greatest of all Elgar conductors (and Jacqueline du Pré s partner in the classic audio and visual recording of the Cello Concerto). He counts The Dream of Gerontius as one of his favourite works.
To hear an orchestra with such a distinctive central European sound playing Elgar, and relating his music so securely to the wider late-romantic tradition, is one of the disc s great pleasures. --Andrew Clements, The Guardian (of the Cello Concerto recording)
|1. 1. Allegro vivace e nobilmente|
|2. 2. Larghetto|
|3. 3. Rondo. Presto|
|4. 4. Moderato e maestoso|